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String-Thru VS. Top Mount Bridges

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by JYBass, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. JYBass


    Jun 6, 2012
    Hey guys, I am doing a Warmoth build, and I would like to know what you guys think about tone and sustain differences between string-thru body mount and top mount bridges.


  2. None whatsoever.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I have done mine both ways on my Fender Roscoe Beck Sig V and noticed zero difference. So I always just string it on top these days. (The bridge does either/or on that bass.)

    Edit to add: I HAVE noticed a big difference between the old school stamped bridges and high mass bridges. I like the stamped bridge on a P bass or Jazz. And I like the high-mass on others. The high-mass seems to reproduce more overtones and sustains longer. That's good in some cases, not so much in others.
  4. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I string my Fenders through the body but I don't think there is any difference. Even if there is, it is so subtle that it can't be noticed.
  5. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I don't bother with stringing through the body. I prefer quick load top.
    Much more conveinent and zero difference in tone.
  6. JYBass


    Jun 6, 2012
    Thanks for the quick response guys. This means I can save $50-$70 on the bridge + routing :)

    Thanks a lot.

  7. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    What day is it? Has a whole week gone by?
  8. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

  9. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    String thru for cheap thin bent metal fender style bridges gives better tone and sustain. However with a qaulity brdge with mass to it, there is no difference for string thru versus top load other then slight feel of stiffer tension. Use high mass bridge and easy top load as best choice imo. This also avoids the occassional problem of string not long enough for right part of string past the nut in some cases. That string thru body can give for some strings.
  10. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Not IME. If the bass is properly set up with a sufficient break-angle at the saddles, I find there is no difference.
  11. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    String thru is better, but it's very very subtle. It adds a little downward pressure on the saddle...resulting in a tighter feeling string and a body that resonates more. However some designs don't need it (I.E. Sadowsky). I think the bigger and more massive bodied basses benefit from string through. But again, it's a very slight subtle difference.
  12. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    ^ Cue Mr. Turnaround. Mr. Turnaround? Calling Turnaround, fallacy sighted, you're on.
  13. yup, this is about what I get too..
  14. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    My strictly non-scientific impression is that strings go dead quicker on my bass that strings thru the body.
  15. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    This might be true. I seem to notice the same phenomenon.
  16. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i don't buy that; the strings on my '96 american standard P (string-through only) last just fine.